1. General provisions

For each subject – French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese and Spanish – there is a General syllabus with information about programme objectives, general and specific entry requirements, supervision, etc.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the specific research profile of each subject to ensure that supervision can be provided to a reasonable extent in the intended subject area.

2. Admission

Resources permitting, the Faculty announces doctoral studentships/doctoral grants twice a year. The deadline for applications is 15 October or 15 April, for admissions starting on 15 February or 15 September. Notices of admission are given within six weeks of the deadline for applications.

3. Entry requirements

The applicant must meet the general entry requirements as well as the specific entry requirements.

4. General entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, students must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or acquired equivalent knowledge in another way in Sweden or elsewhere. Anyone who has met the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes by 1 July 2007 will subsequently be considered to have general eligibility; however, no longer than until the end of June 2015.

5. Specific entry requirements

See the General Syllabus for Doctoral Studies in the relevant subject. The entry requirements must also be met by applicants who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

6. Exemption from entry requirements

Under special circumstances, the Faculty Board of Humanities may grant an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant.

7. Assessment of applicants

Pursuant to Chapter 7, Section 34 of the Higher Education Ordinance, “the number of applicants admitted to doctoral studies may not exceed the number that can be offered supervision and otherwise acceptable conditions for study, and can be funded as described in Section 36”. Pursuant to Section 35, applicants must meet the general and specific entry requirements, as well as “be otherwise considered capable of benefiting from the training”.

In accordance with Faculty guidelines, the selection is based on the following criteria:

7.1 Prior qualifications

7.1.1 General education. Assessment of the depth and breadth of the applicant’s previous education.

7.1.2 Academic production. On the basis of the applicant’s degree projects from the bachelor’s and master’s levels and, where applicable, other written academic production, the applicant’s ability to benefit from the training is assessed according to the following criteria:

- Critical ability;

- Analytical skills;

- Creativity;

- Independence.

The assessment will also consider the time aspect, i.e. to what extent the applicant has demonstrated the ability to complete previous academic projects within specified time limits. In addition, based on a comparison of the academic works, an assessment is made of the applicant’s academic development.  Great emphasis will be placed on the completion of previous academic work.

7.2 Research proposal

In connection with the application, the applicant must briefly describe his/her proposed field of research. The research proposal should contain one or more research problems and an outline of the implementation of the research. The research proposal is assessed on the basis of:

- Relevance;

- Originality;

- Potential for completion within the specified time limits (i.e. a period equivalent to four years of full-time study).

7.3 Interpersonal skills

The applicant’s interpersonal skills are assessed on the basis of references, certificates, interviews, etc.

8. Applications

The application must include:

· A completed application form;

· Curriculum vitae containing details on previous studies (LADOK transcripts, course certificates), employment history and publications;

· A research proposal in which the applicant briefly describes his or her proposed field of research (max. 15,000 characters, including spaces). See above under 7.2;

· A financial plan;

· Copies of the written works that are claimed in the application;

· Names and contact details of two references.

Qualifications from other universities must be supported by verified copies. The application should be submitted to registrator@su.se

9. Processing of admission matters

Decisions to admit candidates to doctoral studies are made by the Department Board. The Department Board cannot delegate decisions concerning admission to another body. The decision to admit a doctoral student cannot be appealed.

Applications for admission to doctoral studies are processed by the Department’s board of supervisors, which, based on the submitted documents, provides the Department Board with a recommendation to accept or reject the application and, where appropriate, a ranking of the applicants. Interviews may be conducted in the relevant subject.

Further information can be obtained from the Director of PhD Studies.

Link to the Faculty of Humanities’ provisions and guidelines: